As of, May 2nd, I have officially COMPLETED my B.ED!! (Cue the CELEBRATION SONG!)
This blog post comes a couple week later because I truly wanted to let the experience sink in before I shared my reflection. I also took a quick vacation at the most magical place on earth to celebrate!
For those who haven’t been following my journey but are tuning in now. I have just recently completed my 2nd year placement of 10 weeks at a high school in Cornwall, Ontario. (You can read about it in the previous 9 blog posts)!! Et si vous avez tenu compte de mes blogues précédents, merci d'être de retour!
What better way to end off this placement than create a list of the 30 things I learnt during my placement? Why 30? Well, it just seemed like well rounded number… I could have written 100 things but time did not allow it. I had created this (before the blog) to hand back to my associate teacher, but then I thought: Why not share it?
This is what it looked like:
Overall, I think that this placement taught me more than words can describe. Having the opportunity to live a real and true placement by building units from the ground up, creating different types of evaluations, dealing with different types of behaviours, staying late after school and working during lunch really showed me the beauty, along with the blood sweat and tears of teaching. I have reflected a lot and grown throughout this journey (and luckily have documented it all here!!)
Some of the uplifting lyrics are:
"I still mess up but I'll just start again
I keep falling down, I keep on hitting the ground
I always get up now to see what's next"
"I won't give up, no I won't give in
Til I reach the end and then I'll start again
No I won't leave, I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail"
Entre autres, je crois que le tout s'est bien passé. Le beat est tellement différent avec un cours de 12e préuniversitaire que c'était plus familier! Les élèves ont aussi été géniaux avec moi, très respectueux et à l'écoute. Heureusement, le groupe a toujours envie d'apprendre! Ce qui fait en sorte qu'on peut passer à travers beaucoup de matière et avoir de bonnes discussions!
Some may wonder why I did not write this blog sooner, you know, when there was still some buzz going around the Ontario Summit. Still, I decided I wanted everything to sink in and see the “long term” ripple effect before I truly wrote down my impressions of it all.
- DOUBT: “Am I crazy? Why did I decide to do this? I am not capable. I can’t do it.”
- FEAR: “What have I gotten myself into? I’m
- CONFIDENCE: “Okay, I can actually do this… I’ve practiced it a couple times without screwing it up. Maybe I will be alright?”
- ANXIETY: I would visualize myself on stage just simply screwing up, time after time...
- EXCITEMENT: “I can’t wait to be on stage and spread my message!! This is my chance!”
It’s funny because my Ignite was about taking the JUMP, taking the RISK, saying YES and how it’s not easy, you go through tons of emotions, your PLN will support you and in the end it’s worth it! Well, I lived that whole process from the moment I agree and said ‘Yes’ to Emily Fitzpatrick. That was my jump. Brainstorming, drafting up ideas, getting feedback, building the visuals, getting more feedback and practice, practice and more practice was the free fall until I presented it and I began to soar.
Now I was to focus on the summit weekend itself. My Saturday morning Starbucks run allowed me to receive a message from the universe that deeply affected me. Who would have thought, right?
Have you ever seen those “Take what you need” boards? I found a message that resonated with me quite flawlessly; it said: Inhale Confidence. Exhale doubt. I will admit, I believe in the power of “it was meant to be” and I truly believe that was meant for me to find and pick up.
Considering how quickly Saturday came and left, that means that Sunday morning arrived even more rapidly. I hadn’t eaten and barely wanted to drink my Americano. I will always remember that morning, Emily asking me if I had eaten and how important it was to do so. I took her advice. (Who wouldn’t?!)
We did a full run through Sunday morning alone in the gym. I had the cold sweats. And, I was the last presenter. Everyone was going up, 1 by 1 and delivering their Ignites like experts. I loved, in this moment, that I felt as though we were a little family. Encouraging, supporting and clapping for one another. Although I had just met 80% of them for the first time, I felt safe to fail in front of them, because I knew they had my back. After I presented, I knew that next time I was going to be on stage, there was going to be a full house.
I cannot finish this blog post without mentioning how INCREDIBLE the other presenters were:
I don’t think I can put into words the feeling you get when the person that went before you hands you the microphone. I took a deep breath, counted backwards from 5 and I jumped.
After it was all done, I had goosebumps. The flood of congratulations and connections that I made was unreal. The best part of this whole experience was not only getting to talk on stage for 5minutes. Rather, it was all of the connections after the fact! I encouraged the educators in the room to be accountable and share their #Jump with me, and did they ever. As I mentioned, the connections after the fact was overwhelming. How could I, a Teacher Candidate have inspired educators to take action? I still wonder…
Having been given this opportunity to make a difference and inspire others on such a large scale still gives me chills because my thoughts, my words, my voice actually inspire people to do something and that is the power of these summits.
For example, on Tuesday I focused on “Allowing students to teach each other” and “Step outside of their comfort zone”. I did this by creating Literary Device experts, where students represented their literary device and had to lead a discussion on an element of their device in the novel. This was empowering not only for them, but for myself, to see them take the lead and explain the device in their own words showed me mastery.
I would love to take a deeper dive into each of these different habits and aspects of a modern teachers (Wilson), but due to a time crunch and a Hamlet Unit waiting to be constructed, I will simply showcase two aspects of that I believe to handle well and 1 that I need to improve on. A fun name for this is: 2 GLOWs and 1 GROW. I want to start doing this with my students… Having them reflect more. I do it, but I realize that I do not have them do it enough.
my first 'glow': Question everything
my second 'glow': being comfortable not knowing what is going to happen
MY 'GROW': Believe they can learn anything, given the right attitude and effort
I want to know, what your your 'GLOW' and 'GROW' when considering this profile?
KEEPING AN OPEN MIND
It is so easy to be overwhelmed by all the things that we have to do as teachers - dare I name them all? No. Because of all of this worry to accomplish everything looming over your shoulders and checking off our To Do List, we often forget to appreciate the little things in life. I live this constantly. I often become stressed, but when I overthink all of these things and feel my anxiety building up, I simply take a big deep breath and be grateful. I think about all of the things I can be thankful for and appreciate.
Here is a list of some of the things I have been appreciating recently:
- Hearing birds singing outside my classroom window
- Holding a warm coffee cup in my hands
- Smelling the warm FRESH spring air
- Standing sunshine, rays of light, getting
- Taking the first sip of coffee in the morning
- Being able to listen to the radio when I get into my car and drive home
- Coming home to a hot cooked meal
Actively feeling grateful for these things make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside; they seem to give me the energy to be perseverant and carry on. I want to know, what are some things that you can reflect on and be thankful for? Inspire others and let me know in a quick list below :)
Cheers to the 4 day weekend! And, Happy Easter everyone ! 🐰🐰
Quelle belle semaine! Wow.. Je dois avouer que c’est la première fois depuis semaine 1 que je me suis sentie confiante, authentique et dynamique devant mes classes. J’ai trouvé un rythme de travail qui me convient, j’étais plus préparé et j’étais aussi plus proactif pour des imprévus.
FINDING MY GROOVE
Well, checking in with them; talking with them in the hallways; giving them constructive feedback; having difficult conversations with them (when needed); being honest with them; telling them how PROUD I am of their work; sending in des “bon coups” e-mails; building on things I already know about them and showing them that I care about them and their success - I want them to succeed! With all of these things came more genuine conversations, I was able to joke around and kept things fun.
Sincèrement, je me sens comme si le fait que je me sens plus confiante devant eux affecte grandement mon efficacité de leur enseigner. J’ai pris le vol!
STUDENT LEARNING AND ACCOUNTABILITY
NE PAS RÉINVENTER LA ROUE
The next period, when students walked in they had a sticky note with their names on it. “Before receiving your Chrome, I want you to set a #goal for this period. “This goal has to be attainable and realistic. For example: completing my Works Cited, completing 3 slides, putting all of my slides point form, writing out my cue cards… etc.” was written on the board. When students had set their goal I checked it over and handed them their computer.
I did find a big difference in their work ethic and believe that simply writing down their goal, being aware of what they wanted/needed to get down helped them stay on task. Throughout the period, I checked in with each of them.
This made me think even more… Are my reflections creating this feeling within myself and diminishing my confidence? I am evidently striving to be the best that I can be, I am very self-aware and I am always looking to grow and better myself. As much as I need to be aware of these shortcomings, I also need to continue to have good self-talk and inner dialogue
Help me out? Have you ever felt the IMPOSTER SYDROME? Is this a real thing? What did YOU do about it…
An EDU-Hero, warrior and inspiration to me also posted a tweet that highlighted how self-doubt can impact you towards reaching your goals. Mentally we have to make sure we aren't getting in our way of reaching our goals.
Comme je l’ai mentionné ci-haut, je La dernière partie de ma semaine (jeudi et vendredi) j’étais au REFER à Montréal.
Premièrement, un gros merci à Nathalie Couzon pour l’invitation de collaborer avec elle et les élèves du Collège Durocher Saint-Lambert de la ville afin de promouvoir la #voixdesélèves. Pendant les 2 jours de la conférence, j’étais choyer de travailler alongside une collègue dont j’adore : Joannie Girard. Notre équipe dynamique a travaillé fort pendant le congrès afin d’animer une activité de clôture vendredi. Je suis tellement fière des élèves qui ont pensée, réfléchit, coopérer et discuter de sujets qui leur tiennent à cœur. Le tout a été très bien réussi. Bravo les filles! Voici quelques idées de ce qui a été dit :
Deuxièmement, j’adore réseauter pendant ces congrès. Plusieurs gens m'ont donné une nouvelle énergie! En interagissant avec des leaders pédagogiques comme Maude Lamoureux, Marius Bourgeois, Jean-Pierre Dufresne, Marie-Andrée Ouimet, Stephane Hunter, etc. Ils continuent de m’inspirer à travers les beaux projets qu’ils animent et leur ouverture à discuter avec moi.
Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds.
The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes.
Ignite events are held in cities around the world.
Don't get me wrong; I have asked myself quite a few times... "What have I gotten myself into?" I am knee deep in practicum readings, plannings and marking... But, so far, the experience has been so exciting. I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to have been asked to present this year along with so many inspiring educators (A big shoutout to Jen Giffen!). In my tweet below, I mention how it has been on my Bucket List to present at a conference:
However, I will admit, I didn't think it would be happening this soon!!
Lastly, you might be wondering what my talk is going to be about? Well, it will go something like this: Learning to jump and build your wings on the way down is a lifestyle I have embraced throughout my journey through Teachers College, thanks to one of my mentors. As a Teacher Candidate, I have learnt that putting yourself out there, saying YES, taking risks and trying new things are so rewarding! Hoping I will inspire you to take a jump with me.
This morning, I was lucky enough to score an interview with Stephen Hurley and Kim Pollishuke on VoicEd Radio! We spoke about our perspectives on education and how we are preparing for the Summit Ignite event! Check it out bellow ⬇️⬇️
For more information, (speakers, location, and ticket info) be sure to visit: events.edtechteam.com/Ontario2018
DID I SUCCEED MY GOALS FROM LAST WEEK?
I think I did! I showed an incredible movie called Mississippi Burning. This wasn’t necesarrily fun but it definitely allowed my students to understand the time period of 1960’s in the Southern USA during the Civil Rights movement. I also created some differentiated assignments for this movie which I would definitely consider fun, but my students would probably tell you otherwise.
Est-ce que j’ai réussi à être plus sociale?
Malheureusement, j’ai passé 3/5 dîners dans mon local (soit à surveiller des évaluations où à préparer mes leçons). Par contre, j’ai eu quelques bonnes conversations avec des enseignants dans la salle de photocopies. Après le congé de mars, je dois continuer à faire des efforts à discuter, réseauter et avec plus de discussions avec les enseignants de mon école.
Est-ce que mon dialogue interne a été plus positif?
Ici, je pense que j’ai plus ou moins réussi à me donner quelques bonnes tapes sur le dos. Je me sens un peu plus confiante et contente par rapport à mes leçons et mes interactions avec les élèves.
M’INVESTIR DANS MES LEÇONS
HOW PODCASTING HELPED ME TO BE A TEACHER
- Firstly, podcasting has allowed me to develop my listening ear. This means that when students provide answers, ask questions or simply during conversations and discussions, I feel more prepared because of my abilities to listen to the information their giving me or asking me and gearing my answer to it. In podcasting, as the host you have to be a listener. That means, taking what your Guest is talking about and building on it, taking it one step further, etc.
- Secondly, podcasting has got me ready for unplanned questions that I may not have prepared for. Being a guest on a podcast, whether it has been OnEdMentors or being on certain shows like The EdPodcast, The Planning Period Podcast, Beyond the Staffroom, Personal Playlist Podcast, you are often put on the spot and have to think quick on your feet. Luckily, thanks to podcasting I have been able to bring that skill into my classroom.
- Lastly, I believe that my overall speaking abilities have largely improved since I have started being involved in podcasting!
Also, I am excited to say that the final unit evaluation I will be giving for my EAE2P English class will be a podcast episode reviewing and critiquing certain elements of the novel. This assignment is inspired by Alexandre Audet’s project he did in his English class with his grade 8 class!
PERSONAL REFLECTION - SEMAINE 3 DE 9 - Getting caught in the silo, le dialogue interne and rubrics...
Pourtant, je suis encore à la recherche de mon identité en tant qu’enseignante du secondaire. Je suis encore en train de trouver un rythme naturel de travail. Je suis encore en train de me questionner par rapport à mes interactions et mes leçons. Je suis encore en mode découverte.
GETTING CAUGHT IN A SILO
le DIALOGUE INTERNE
Mes 3 succès dans ma semaine ont été:
- J’ai eu une belle interaction avec une élève dans les corridors
- J’ai créé une revue pour une évaluation qui a été engageante et stimulante
- J’ai administré une évaluation dans laquelle je pense que les élèves ont été bien préparés
Mes 3 nouveaux apprentissages ont été:
- Il faut constamment faire des rappels, des rappels et plus de rappels pour nos élèves.
- Il faut véritablement rendre le travail authentique pour que l’élève sente comme il a de la valeur et qu’il vaut la peine.
- Il faut parfois donner la chance à l’élève de travailler avant d'intervenir, car ils peuvent te surprendre.
I’VE FOUND MY ARCH NEMESIS
mr. d is so relatable
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